Rain tends to send many drivers into a panic as driving conditions become more hazardous.
While it might seem like a good idea to turn on your emergency lights while driving in heavy rain, our Florida Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you not to do it.
Please note: using your hazards in rainy conditions is illegal, and also dangerous. You could actually cause a crash that you think you are avoiding.
We want to remind you of this fact because not every state follows the same law as Florida does. Some states allow it in emergency situations, and some states have no restrictions. You can view the rules state-by-state, via AAA.
What do we mean when we are talking about the wet season? The wet season in Florida starts in late May and continues through October.
Here are some rainy weather driving tips we have compiled to help you through:
- Check your tires.
- Stay away from cruise control: while this is good in dry conditions, when it is raining, it only increases your chances for losing control of your vehicle.
- Use your headlights, but not your high-beams: this keeps you from blinding other drivers, and the extra light could reflect off the rain and reduce your visibility.
- Drive slow and leave plenty of room for other drivers: driving slower in wet conditions can be critical to reduce your chances of hydroplaning. If you think you are in no longer contact with the road, start to pump your brakes until you come to a complete stop – do not slam them!
For more tips, or if you’ve been injured in an accident on rainy roads, please call our Florida Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online. We will gladly help with your case.